Designing Desire project
developed with Dianna Miller, Phyllis Mancino
How can we address the desire to fly?
Flightdream is an interactive evening cape, a glamorous piece
of enhanced clothing designed to give the sensation of flight
to the wearer and to displace onlookers altering the perception
of the space around her. When the wearer moves and air softly
inflates the cape the movements are gently accompanied by
the subtle sound of a breeze, allowing in the wearer a daydreaming
sensation of flight.
Developing this project we identified the potential for digital
interactivity to be used as a style element rather than purely
as a means of functionality. Exploring this potential involves
looking at interactive behavior not in terms of utility, but
in terms of imagination and identity (the ultimate "utility"
The primary user of this type of subtle mapping of sound to
fabric would be fashoin designers. In time, we envision this
type of solution as a part of the fashion designer's design
vocabulary, just as fabric qualities such and texture and
color , or style elements such as collar shape or hem length,
Piezo-ceramic microphones, Max sound mixing software, a hooked
board of an external USB microphone
A documented workinprogress
The project is fully documented, concerning the design problems
and process, in the dedicated web site www.flightdream.org.